Erhai Lake

Erhai Lake
The Erhai Lake coexists well with the Cangshan Mountain. The Lake is the second largest lake of Yunnan Province, with the Dianchi Lake ranking the first. It goes in the north from Jiangwei Village of Eryuan County to Xiaguan of Dali in the south, and is as long as 41.5 kilometers from the northern end to the southern end. It covers an area of about 251 square kilometers, with an altitude of 1,972 meters. It is called Erhai Lake because it has a shape of an ear of human beings. On the Tuanshan Mountain of the southern end of Erhai Lake there is an Erhai Park. The Park is an ideal place to enjoy the sight of Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake.

Looking down from the sky, you will find Erhai Lake is just like a crescent lying quietly between Cangshan Mountain and the Basin of Dali. In the Erhai Lake there are 3 islands, 4 islets, 5 lakes and 8 bandings. It is a lake from the sinking of faultage. The water is so clear that you can even see the lake bed. With such a high transparence, Erhai Lake has been called the "flawless and beautiful jade lying among mountains" from the ancient times. It is said that there grows a very big jade cabbage on the sea bed. The clear water is in fact the jade fluid coming from the heart of the cabbage.

Erhai Lake
Between Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountain lies a fan- shaped flat alluvial basin. In the basin are fertile farmlands and many villages, and stand the Three Towers of the Chongsheng Temple. The basin has beautiful natural views, key points of interests and colorful folk-customs, and thus gains the good name "scenery gallery".

Enter into the Park from the small dock and climb the mountain along the stone steps. At the top of the mountain you will see the Sea Watching Pavilion with flying eaves. You can stroll in the corridor of the Pavilion and look as far as you can. All the scenery of Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake will be in your eyes.

Finally, as far as the natural sights in Dali are concerned, the most featured ones are the views consisting of coexisting mountains and waters. The water mentioned here is in fact Erhai Lake, the lake on the altiplano. So if you come to visit Dali, you should not fail to enjoy the beautiful sights of Erhai Lake.

Erhai Lake
Erhai park, 2 km. away from Dali City proper, is located at Tuanshan Mountain, south of Erhai Lake. It was built in 1976, covering 1,674 mu of land. In the Tang Dynasty, Tuanshan was called Xilongshan Mountain and the park used to a lonely island in the lake, a hunting and deer-raising palace for Nanzhao King in Tang Dynasty. When water abated, a natural mountain surrounded by water at its three sides was shaped. Because of the mountain goes lower down from the west side to east, like a sleeping dragon near the beach. So it was also named Sleeping Dragon Mountain. On the mountain there is a pavilion named Zhu Hai Pavilion, one of the places of historical interest. And now, the mountain is covered with pine, camellia, azalea and cherry trees; some waterside pavilions and a zoo have also been constructed. At the top of the mountain, there are pavilions overlooking the lake, and roofed corridors and service facilities.

Erhai Lake
It is very easy to reach to park by land or by water. Setting off from Xinqiao Harbor, a steamer will take you to the foot of the mountain within 20 minutes, and after climbing 270 stone steps, you will be there at Facing Erhai Lake (Wanghailou) Pavilion or the Long Corridor. Gazing from the park into the distance, you'll see the blue sky and the waves of the lake with dotted sails and steamers coming and going. just look! In the east the Phoenix Mountain ranges are rising and falling in the mist. To the west the 19 peaks of Cangshan Mountain soar high. In the distance, the famous Three Pagodas of Dali are standing in radiance. Oh, you see, here is the best scenery in this part of the world

Opening Hours: 08:30 to 18:00
Admission Fee: CNY 10 (Erhai Park)
CNY 30 (Resource Protection Fare)